Thanksgiving around the world


Mariana Cardoso, Reporter

      Thanksgiving day is a national holiday not only celebrated in the United States but in Canada, some of the Caribbean Islands, and Liberia. It’s the day when everyone celebrating gives thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year or for their love ones. Thanksgiving traces its roots back all the way to 1621, when colonist and the local natives held a harvest feast known as the first thanksgiving. Similar holidays to thanksgiving occur in Japan and Germany.

      In the United States they celebrate Thanksgiving the fourth Thursday of November. Families get together for the holiday, celebrating with food. Some of the traditional food is the turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cornbread, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. The food preparation process is split into family members to include the entire family. Pie is the dessert for some families at the end of the meal. Americans also enjoy to watch a football game while dinner is preparing.

      In Canada they celebrate thanksgiving on the second Monday of October. Thanksgiving has historical roots to religious and cultural traditions, However, it has long been celebrated as a secular holiday. Which means Thanksgiving has been celebrated not concerning religion or religious matters. Similar to the United States they have the basic foods such as turkey but they also include sweet corn, vegetables and pumpkin pie to their table.

      In Germany they have a similar holiday which is a autumn harvest celebration called Erntedank or Erntedankfest (Harvest thanksgiving festival). It usually takes place in September or October. Typical german food is presented at the festival.

     “Thanksgiving at my house isn’t the ordinary family dinner that is usually portrait as. All my family member scatter the room and then we each eat separately, kids at one table and adult in the other usually all eating at different times. We all get to catch up on each others lives and get to enjoy family time,” said Christina Petges (20).